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  • ★★★★★-5

Review: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (Spoiler-Free)

~Thank you to RandomHouse Children's Books for sending me an early copy for review!~ This book left me REELING. From the moment I picked it up I desperately wanted to refrain from putting it down. Naturally though, life got in the way, so it took me three whole days to devour this beast. I honestly could have easily done it in one if I had the time. YA mystery/thrillers are hard to get right, but Holly Jackson hit the nail on the head with this one. A light use of multimedia, some fun YA contemporary elements to make you like the characters, a thrilling pace, incredible foreshadowing, and a killer ending (literally). This was originally published in the UK, and that is evident in the book through a few slip-ups (the words "queue" instead of "line," "year" instead of "grade," and "revision" instead of "studying"). There was also one large typo where the wrong character's name was said which made me VERY confused about the plot for a few minutes lol, but I'm sure this will all be cleared up by the time it hits shelves. I loved that this book was written true-crime style—it truly is a love letter to us weird people who are fascinated by the topic. Pip was an amazing protagonist, and while her actions did seem extreme at times, none seemed unrealistic. She was clever, but also cautionary. She represents who all of us true-crime lovers secretly wish we could be. Overall, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder has much more to offer than what may meet the eye. An incredible debut from Holly Jackson. I can't wait to read the next installment.

U.S. RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2020

Song I was reminded of while reading: Normal

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